Don’t Let the Secret Out Virtual Book Tour June 2011Authors on Tour — By Becky Camarena on May 23, 2011 at 4:37 pm
About Jessamine Rose
Jessamine Rose, an author, started writing at the age of 70, who has two books published, also working on her third book. Don’t Let the Secret Out is her debut book. When she is not writing, She can be found in her rose gardens enjoying life with her husband and sharing stories with her grandchildren.
You can find Jessamine at www.jessaminerose.angelfire.com
About Don’t Let the Secret Out
Based in the hills of Eastern KY is the true story of Jessamine Rose.
Abandoned as a small child, Jessamine was raped, witnessed murder, and suffered starvation and homelessness.
Struggling to survive degradation and abuse, she wanders in and out of foster homes eats out of garbage cans and lives in city parks. –All before the age of 14.
Jessamine’s story is an incredible journey of a young girls rise about it all –all the way to the very top.
Read the Excerpt
Spring came and mommy had Edna Cora
She was named after my Daddy’s sister and also was the sibling I nicknamed Flukey. Daddy decided to join the Army and instead of Mommy getting allotment for us kids, he put it in Aunt Cora’s name. She owned a little country store and was supposed to give us food. Almost everyday we’d walk to her grocery store and she’d be kind enough to give us a load of bread with some applesauce. However, she greedily kept most of the money for herself.
After I grew up I came back to Incline, Ky to face Aunt Cora for keeping most of the money and not giving us food in exchange. As we were driving up the dirt road, I could see Aunt Cora in the garden working. She was all bent over hoeing a row of beans. We parked the car, got out and walked toward her. I was so mad and planned to do more than yell at her; I wanted to hit her. As I got closer to her she stood up and she was all crippled from arthritis. Needless to say I felt so sorry for her, so I couldn’t be mad at her. We talked for about an hour and I left. I was so hurt I couldn’t even cry. I never say Aunt Cora again.
Read What Reviewers Have To Say
Jessamine Rose offers readers a glimpse into her life. She was born in 1937, in a small town in eastern Kentucky. For many her upbringing will seem foreign but for some it will sound all too familiar. The family’s cabin was cold, the cracks in the floor made it impossible to heat. The bathroom was an outhouse. Her father often beat her mother. Her father shot her mother to scare her. At one point the family lived under a cliff. In the hills of eastern Kentucky “you could shoot a dog and spend a year in jail, shoot a man and nothing.” She faced sexual abuse, beatings, neglect and yet rose above it all. She was a mere 6 years old the first time she was raped. Her mother gave away her young brother and sister. Jessamine made her escape in the back of an ice truck, she was less than 14. She ended up living in a park in Ohio.
The court placed her in a foster home where she started a new life. After her foster parents moved, Jessamine attended Catholic school. She loved the ladies in long black dresses with their heads covered. The nuns were kind to her and she spent many hours talking to them.
After high school she married Boyd. She suffered several miscarriages. She and Boyd decided it was time for her to return to Kentucky and find her family. First she found her father; he furnished phone numbers so that she could track down her mother and siblings. Eventually the family was reunited. Today Jessamine lives in Nicholasville, Kentucky.
Jessamine faced many hardships in her life. Yet her memoir is upbeat. Despite her childhood she came out on top. I wish I had read this book a few weeks ago when I was in Nicholasville, I just might have given Jessamine a call to tell her what a remarkable woman I think she is
Jessamine I read your book as soon as I got it…it took me a long time to get back to you on it…I said to myself what can I say to this very special woman…in reading the book the tears came so freely. I now think of John 14: 2
Joh 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
A minister told me a long time ago this verse would be better rendered:
In My Father’s House are many Offices of Responsibility:
I think Susie, your office will be very large! I think all the people who have come through great tribulation will be going through your office looking for peace, comfort, consolation…Considering all you have gone through, love is what you are well equipped to give. So pleased to have met you and George.
This book holds your attention. Hard to lay it aside and when you do you look forward to picking up where you left as it totally holds your interest. It is definitely inspiring that one can go through such a life and turn out to be so loving and giving. I learned that through the difficult circumstances life can hand that you can do amazing things with your life.
Title of Book: DON’T LET THE SECRET OUT
Author: Jessamine Rose
ISBN: ISBN: 0982930720
Publisher: BEARHEAD PUBLISHERS
Publication Date: 11-16-10
# of Pages: 120
Don’t Let the Secret Out Virtual Book Tour Schedule
Writing Daze – Book Giveaway
Writing Daze – Guest Post
Pump Up Your Book – interview
Paperback Writer – interview
The Story Behind the Book – interview
The Laughing Housewife – guest post
Book Marketing Buzz – interview
Phantom Paragrapher – guest post
Reviews by Molly
One Day at a Time
The Real Hollywood – Book Review
Jessamine Rose’s Don’t Let the Secret Out Virtual Book Tour ’11 will officially begin on June 6 and end on June 17, 2011.
Please contact rebecca(dot)camarena(@)yahoo(dot)com if you are interesting in having this author appear at your blog or reviewing her book.